The sitting of the annual conference of Stock Inspectors of New South Wales was resumed at the School of Arts today.
The president (Mr. E. A. Hamilton), in his annual report, said that the registration of the Institute as a trade union had been rendered necessary by the peculiar position which members occupied. Although attached to the public service, they were not classed as civil servants, and on this account had been generally neglected. In October of last year the general body of civil servants were granted an additional 8s a week on account of the Board of Trade finding regarding the cost of living. This Increase was not granted to members until February of this year. A protest was entered, but without avail.
The Government had once more refused to assist in any way towards the railway fares of members attending the conference. The work of the conference was applauded as being of great value to the department, and tending to make the inspector a more efficient officer; but no funds were available to pay even a portion of railway fares. The Railway Department, which benefited to the extent of thousands of pounds a year by the stock inspectors' work, only granted the same concession as it granted to a football club.
The total membership during the year amounted to 54, being an advance of six on the previous 12 months. About 10 stock Inspectors were still non-members.
The afternoon session of the conference will be devoted to the discussion of a paper by Mr. E. A. Hamilton. A paper by Mr. W. J. Smith, stock inspector, Young, dealing with stock inspectors' duties in relation to pastoral protection boards, will also be read.